ERIC Number: ED116002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-1
Reference Count: 0
The Masculine Focus in Home Economics.
Dowell, Judy H.; Greenwood, Bonnie B.
The publication explores what home economics has to offer young men and provides information useful in establishing or implementing a curriculum to meet the needs of today's adolescent male. The growing recognition that home economics at the secondary and middle school levels provides important knowledge, attitudes, and skills for the adolescent male is discussed. The existing barriers to male students' involvement in home economics classes are described and identified: community involvement, parental attitudes, peer attitudes, attitudes of school personnel, and teacher attitudes. Some general observations on understanding and teaching boys are presented. The need for considering the masculine self-image is also discussed. Detailed suggestions for curriculum development include methods of recruitment and ideas for adapting course content and activities to the needs of males in co-educational classes. Specific areas of the curriculum discussed are: child development, clothing and textiles, food and nutrition, housing and home management, personal development and family relations, and occupational home economics. The report concludes that the inclusion of males in the home economics curriculum is a forward step which requires teachers to become acquainted with male students' characteristics, needs, and attitudes in order to provide relevant and interesting instruction. (Author/MS)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Home Economics Education Association, Washington, DC.